£1million needed for Great Fen transformation

The Great Fen Project.

The Great Fen Project. - Credit: Archant

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise £1million in order to continue the Great Fen Project.

The Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire is looking to restore 450 acres of land at Engine Farm, near Ramsey St Mary’s, into an area for wildlife.

It has been given a £1.89m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the project and other significant work on the fen, but to secure the grant, the trust needs to match-fund £182,000 by the end of September to meet its first deadline, and increase that total to £1m by June.

Great Fen Project manager Kate Carver said: “Engine Farm is a crucial part of the project. In April the Heritage Lottery Fund gave us a grant of £1.89m and we now need to raise match funding.

Jon Smith, Great Fen team member, added: “Engine Farm at the moment is mainly agricultural grazing land, once restored it will provide a vital link for the Great Fen, forming a ring which wildlife can explore.

“Restoring Engine Farm takes many stages and will take 20-30 years for species to move in.”

INFORMATION: To donate, visit www.wildlifebcn.org/appeals or for more details on the Great Fen visit www.greatfen.org.uk